The popularity of home schooling is growing and more parents prefer to have their child's education at home with them teaching to save them from the negative influences that peer pressure brings, violence in schools and the consequences brought about by education in a restricted as well as insecure environment. Home schooling does not only promote academics but helps build among children confidence, trust, respect, optimism plus a feeling of self-worth.
Home school education can be very effective as long as the parents provide the right learning environment as well as create a well-devised learning process. Before you initiate on home schooling your children, as a parent you must prepare yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. It is not that easy and you have to be prepared to encounter criticism from people who may not believe in the home schooling form of education.
The ultimate success of any home school program lies in the undivided attention you give your child as well as the quality time given. Teaching can be physically draining and you have to bear in mind that you and your child will be together almost all the time.
Priorities need to be established. A timetable can be an effective tool for time management when you have to spend time home schooling your child as well as doing daily household chores. You have to expect that chores may have to be done later during the day as it is of utmost importance to prioritize first home schooling your child.
Ultimately one of your concerns is how successful you will be in teaching your child and on whether or not he or she is able to absorb and understand the lessons while at the same time retaining everything that he or she has learned. There is no particular method of teaching and it would be necessary for you to conduct a research on the various methods and finding out which particular learning style will suit your child's preferences and needs.
There are so many tools, references and available materials for today's parent teachers who are home schooling their children. It may be necessary for you to have your own computer for online access to some tools and materials. You can find a wide variety of textbooks, audio CDs, DVDs and other learning materials available in the market as well.
Many online resources are available for parent teachers in order that they avoid committing common mistakes as well as for them to get tips and advice from a network of experienced individuals or specialists or other parents who are also into home schooling their children. Home schoolers should be able to interact with other kids and the community and this is possible by enrolling them in personal enrichment classes. In this manner, they also get to interact with other homeschoolers. Many home schooling parents are organizing activities to let their children interact socially.
If as a parent you think that you want a home school education but then cannot educate your child on your own, another suitable option would be a home tutor. Although, teaching your kids yourself is not only a heartwarming gesture but makes your relationship stronger.